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In view of the current situation that Tokyo was cancelled from area of ‘Emergency Declaration,’ Japan Arts Council will reopen the exhibition room of Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre on June 5, 2020.
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[Thematic Exhibition] Four Seasons of Kabuki

  Japan is blessed with four distinctive seasons, and the Japanese have been said to be people whose hearts have adored nature that changes with the seasons since ancient times. Certainly, modern-day Japanese people find joy in experiencing the four seasons—enjoying flower-viewing in spring, swimming at the beach and fireworks in summer, moon-viewing and visiting famous sites for viewing autumnal foliage in autumn, and sports in snow-covered areas in winter.
  Kabuki is a traditional performing art that expresses this joy of experiencing the four seasons on the stage. Seeing on the stage the season of spring through the charm of cherry blossoms in full bloom, the season of summer through delight in the coolness of ocean and river waters, the season of autumn through the light of the moon shining brightly in the clear night sky and the flaming colors of autumnal foliage, and the season of winter through snow dancing with rich emotion — seeing such scenes on the stage is sure to awaken a sense of empathy for the beauty of each season. The symbols of each season seen on the Kabuki stage play an important role in effectively conveying the story of the drama being performed.
  This exhibition enables visitors to see numerous “arts” created by Kabuki through costumes and props used on the stage as well as materials in our collection such as nishiki-e (“multi-color woodblock ukiyoe print”) and stage photographs.
  Within these materials are scenes that can be said to depict a “contest of seasonal beauty”, such as the coexistence of cherry blossoms — representative symbols of spring — and snow — a representative symbol of winter — in the plays Gion Sairei Shinkōki (The Gion Festival Chronicle of Faith) and Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Sekinoto (The Snowbound Barrier). Transcending the bounds of reality, such scenes makes one think about the kind of beauty that Kabuki seeks. These exhibits also show how Edo Period audiences sought and found joy in love of the beauty of the four seasons in Kabuki actors’ usual appearances.
  Kabuki’s four seasons have colored the stage from Edo times until the present day. Please savor the beauty of Japan as you view this exhibition.

Dates June 5 (Fri), 2020 - September 22 (Tue), 2020
Hours 10:00-18:00
Venue Information Exhibition room (first floor)
Visitor restriction Up to 25 people
※Admission Free